Blended Holiday Parties

December 13th, 2008

Just back from a wonderful Christmas party, still basking in the love and affection of my friends. Sure, the house was gorgeous, the food delicious, the wine flowing…but what was most special was having the luxury of reconnecting with old friends, of spending so many hours lost in conversation that we left at 11 p.m., thinking it was just past 9 p.m.

And what touches me most even now is knowing how much my friend had to overcome to throw this party.

Few of us come from intact homes. Throw in a divorce – whether yours, his, hers, the parents, the in-laws, the sister’s or brother’s – and things can get really complicated. In most families there are broken relationships that can make the holidays hard.

To see my friend there with his ex wife, their four beautiful children, her boyfriend, and his partner – surrounded by the love and affection of friends and family – touched me deeply.

I know my friend traveled a long road to make it to this place, where he could throw open the doors of his new home and welcome all those who would be comfortable enough to walk through.

This holiday season, I hope you find comfort and love from friends and family.

— Lynn